The Secret (City) is Out
Oak Ridge was created from scratch more than 75 years ago as one of three primary sites in the U.S. government’s Manhattan Project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a city in months where only forests, fields, and a few small communities had existed before. Access to the city was limited to individuals and families connected to the Manhattan Project sites working to harness the atom and to produce material for the first atomic bombs. Today, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park tells the amazing story of Oak Ridge, and visitors can trace the city’s historic impact from World War II to the present day at the American Museum of Science and Energy.